Title: Coal not dole, the miners' strike 1984-1985
Photographer(s): Michael Kerstgens
Writer(s): Michael Kerstgens
Designer(s): Michael Kerstgens
Publisher(s): Peperoni books, Berlin, Germany
Size: 21 x 25 cm
Binding: Hardcover with box
Print: Wanderer Druck, Bad Münder, Germany
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: England, 1984 - 1985
The miners 'strike of 1984-85 has remained the last major industrial battle in the UK to date, marking the end of an industrial era and the beginning of a new culture, financial culture - not just in the UK." Michael KERSTGENS's book shows how this process works The biographies of many people have intervened and the face of the country has changed forever, as can be seen in the pictures taken by the photographer almost 30 years after the strike in Yorkshire.
Kerstgens photographed soup kitchens, closed-door gatherings, and women who were previously not politically active but now assisted their husbands and organized the protest; He photographed families and their children at home or at occasional celebrations, stealing low-quality coal to heat homes, organizing spontaneous demos, engaging with police, photographing the courage and pride of workers beyond their political demagogy Belonging to the working class lived. And he photographed her exhaustion and despair in the defeat at the end of the long road.
The strike of 1984/85 was the last significant labour dispute in the UK. It marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new age of industrial relations, both in Britain and beyond. Michael Kerstgens' book shows how this process shaped the lives of many and how it transformed the country forever. Nearly 30 years after the strike, he returned to record the changes. These photographs, including some of "Spud", who still lives there, are also included in this work.